Anti Aging tonic
Ingredients Alpha Lipoic Acid 100mg
L-Acetyl Carnitine 250 mg
radix Codonopsis (Dang Shen) 50mg
radix Panacis Quinquefoli (Xi Yang Shen) 40 mg
radix Astragali (Huang Qi) 50 mg
D-Pinitol (inositol) 10mg
Biotin 300 mcg
TCM Action Tonifies the Qi and Blood
Indications Anti Aging toxic
Contraindications None known but caution with high fever
Dosage Take 4-8 capsules daily
Commentary 1. A major cause of aging is the deterioration of the energy-producing components of the cell which results in reduced cellular metabolic activity, the accumulation of cellular debris, and eventual death of the cell. One of the most effective nutrients to maintain youthful cellular energy metabolism is the amino acid acetyl L-carnitine (ALC), which functions via several mechanisms to protect cells from the effects of aging. ALC assists in the transport of fat through the cell membrane and into the mitochondria within the cell, where these fats are oxidized to produce the cellular energy ATP.
Acetyl L-carnitine research has shown it promotes a healthy nervous system and memory.
ALC activity promotes oxidation which is why it is combined with ALA
2. Alpha Lipoic Acid helps defend against degenerative diseases and aging by fighting free radicals. ALA is an antioxidant that regenerates both itself and other essential antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, and coenzyme Q10. ALA also increases levels of the antioxidant glutathione, which is found in the brain. Insufficient levels of glutathione have been linked to the increased risk of stroke, dementia, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. ALA has also been found to promote liver health. And, in several studies, it has been proven to promote healthy nerve function in diabetic patients
3. The Alpha Lipoic Acid / Acetyl L-Carnitine combination act as a powerful anti-oxidant and energy booster and together they appear to work better then either one on there own.
Acetyl-L-carnitine is used for Alzheimer's disease, age-related memory deficits, senile depression, Down syndrome, alcoholism-related cognitive deficits, and cerebrovascular insufficiency after stroke. It is also used for peripheral neuropathies, diabetic neuropathy, neuropathy due to anti-viral drugs used in the treatment of AIDS, facial paralysis, male infertility, symptoms of age-related testosterone deficiency, and Peyronie's disease.
4. Alpha-lipoic acid is a coenzyme that, together with pyrophosphatase, is involved in carbohydrate metabolism and production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Exogenous alpha-lipoic acid and the metabolite, dihydrolipoic acid (DHLA), have antioxidant activity and can scavenge free radicals both intra- and extra-cellularly.
Dang Shen is a classic Qi tonic and a adaptogenic. It has both stimulating and inhibiting effects on the CNS, aiding in dealing with stress. Dang Shen increases the number and activities of macrophages and increases RBC count. It increases endurance, increases tolerance to anoxia, elevates temperature, and promote peripheral vasodilation. Codonopsis also has hypotensive, adrenergic blocking, radioprotective and ulcer-protective effects.
5. Xi Yang Shen tonifies Qi and Yin, clears heat (inflammation) and generates Fluids. It has a sedative effect on the CNS yet has marked anti-fatigue properties. Orally, American ginseng is used as an adaptogen, for increasing resistance to environmental stress, as a general tonic, stimulant, diuretic, and digestive aid. It is also used for anemia, diabetes, insomnia, neurasthenia, gastritis, impotence, fever, hangover symptoms, stimulating immune function, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). American ginseng extract decreases LH (luteinizing hormone) levels and increases serum ceruloplasmin oxidase activity (a measure of oestrogenic activity in the liver)
6. Huang Qi tonifies Qi and raises the Yang. Astragalus contains a variety of active constituents including more than 40 saponins such as astragaloside, several flavonoids, polysaccharides, multiple trace minerals, amino acids, and coumarins. Astragalus is an antioxidant. It inhibits free radical production, increases superoxide dismutase, and decreases lipid peroxidation. Astragalus is often promoted for its effects on the immune system, liver, and cardiovascular system
7. Alpha-lipoic acid can cause gastrointestinal upset, including nausea and vomiting, and headache. Adverse effects are more common in patients receiving higher intravenous doses.
8. D-Pinitol is a methylated sugar that is an isomer, or type of inositol. It is a naturally occurring insulin-like compound, found in pine trees, legumes, and in the flowers and leaves of many plants, which is extremely anabolic and acts as a powerful insulin mimicker. D-Pinitol has recently been subjected to an in vitro study exploring its effects upon living muscle cells. This unpublished study found high concentrations of D-Pinitol to increase glucose uptake and glycogen synthesis in these cells, the former occurring even in the absence of insulin. This latter element suggests that D-Pinitol may exert true insulin mimetic effects, and proper D-Pinitol supplementation will boost post-exercise glycogen synthesis, delivering more nutrients to the muscle cell for fuel, growth, and shortening recovery time.
Biotin is added as ALA competes and depletes Biotin levels when ALA is taken in amounts over 100 mg